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El Hierro is the smallest of the Canary Islands, lying south west of its more well-known neighbours. It has been nicknamed 'Meridian Island' and it is situated in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa.
El Hierro's remote location and cliff-lined shores once earned it the reputation of being the 'island at the end of the world', until Christopher Columbus' famous voyage of 1492 put paid to such claims.
The delight of arriving at El Hierro by ferry is not to be missed. Ferry crossings operate most days sailing from Los Cristianos port on the neighbouring island of Tenerife to Valverde on El Hierro. Tenerife itself is well connected to the rest of the Canary Islands and mainland Spain as well as featuring two airports so should be used as a base for onward travel to El Hierro.
The remoteness of the island has always been one of its most seductive attractions. As is the case with all the Canary Islands, El Hierro is volcanic and the terrain is dramatically mountainous with huge craggy cliffs against which the Atlantic waves crash fiercely. The island has recorded only one volcanic eruption, lasting a month, in the 1793; since then the juniper forests, evergreen woodlands, and pines have reclaimed much of the terrain, although in the south of the island there is clear evidence of the volcanic activity in the strange, unworldly rock formations to be found there.
El Hierro has much to offer the visitor that is truly unique; so much so that the island was designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve in 2000, which means that 60% of its territory is protected to preserve its natural and cultural diversity.
The translucent waters surrounding the island provide ideal conditions for diving revealing the extraordinary marine life which dwells below them. It is testament to the natural beauty of these shores that each year El Hierro hosts one of Europe’s biggest underwater photography competitions.
Restaurants and accommodation are in plentiful supply across the island offering traditionally prepared food and a warm welcome.
I arrive at the lockers where I can store my suitcase so that I don't have to drag it on board. It requires a 1 Euro coin, but I only have 50 cent coins. So I ask a member of staff if he can change. He walks with me all the way and stows my case in a locker and puts a euro in it for me, but my case is just too big so it needs to go in a different locker. But that also wouldn't fit, so he searched for another locker, which finally fit my suitcase. I express my gratitude to the man and want to give him my 50 cent coins... but he would not have any of it. So, with a friendly smile on his face he paid for my luggage locker ... how is that for a nice start of a journey?Read More Read Less
"good service "
good service at the port office, because we have our rental car later still takenRead More Read Less
"Crossing Morro Jable / Fuerteventura - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria "
Very good service at check-in: we were once again after the departure time call after the day before, but were able to check the same already and needed only later be for boarding on site. When we arrived, we were more or less immediately passed as the first on the ship because we had a "Golden Ticket". Then the actual embarkation was only going maybe coincidence we found it great. The service on board was good, in the gold-class drinks and snacks were included.Read More Read Less
This was the first time on Fred Olsen express and I have to say firstly it was nice to be met with smiling faces at the office,the boat was spotless and very comfy even for a short trip,the ladies both on and off very helpful and with a smile, my only criticism is that it should be made a bit clearer somewhere that you need to get a boarding card on your way back even if you get a return as there was at least 16 people rushing to get a ticket after trying to board and then sent back to the office at Corralejo to get one or just give you a return ticket when booking but other then that we will use this service quite often now, Thank you.Read More Read Less
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